Mahoning Valley Race Course Betting Picks – Tuesday, February 23, 2021

| February 22, 2021 12:38 pm PDT

Mahoning Valley Race Course continues its racing week Tuesday with eight mostly allowance and claiming races for our wagering entertainment.

While I review the three richest races here, remember that you can find Mahoning Valley’s entire eight-race card for Tuesday — including entries, jockeys, morning line odds, and wagering options — at one of our recommended online racebooks.

Now, read on for my Mahoning Valley Race Course picks and tips for Tuesday, February 23, 2021.

Pick for Race 1 at Mahoning Valley Race Course

This is an allowance race for Ohio-bred fillies and mares three years old and upward running a distance of one mile for a purse of $29,000.

I’m betting on the 6/5 morning line favorite in this race — Lucky Double D’s, with Hector Berrios in the irons. This three-year-old filly finished in the money two of her five career starts and has shown some good speed figures in comparison to the rest of this field.

Neither of the longer-odds entries in this six-horse field are likely to reach the finish line in time for any sort of payday, so no value show bets here.

  •  Win: Lucky Double D’s 6/5 

Pick for Race 2 at Mahoning Valley Race Course

This is a maiden special weight race for Ohio-bred three-year-olds and upward running a distance of one mile for a purse of $27,500.

I have to agree with the morning line in this race as well, so my money’s on the 2/5 favorite Mymonstersforreal, ridden by Sonny Leon. This three-year-old gelding moneyed three of his five career starts.

If those career stats are unimpressive, imagine what the records of the three 20/1 longshot horses in this race are like. Yup, nothing to see here. Move along.

  •  Win: Mymonstersforreal 2/5 

Picks for Race 6 at Mahoning Valley Race Course

This is an allowance race for three-year-olds running a distance of 5-1/2 furlongs for a purse of $21,800.

I like the second half of the coupled entry for this race — No Mas, with Chelsea Keiser aboard. This four-year-old gelding moneyed five of his seven career starts, winning two. That gives him a better starting record than the favorite. And for her part, Keiser finished 2020 with a superlative wins/WPS record, and I don’t see any reason 2021 should be any different.

While I don’t see any long-odds horses in this field capable of sneaking in a show ticket, the 8/1 entry — Hover, ridden by Luan Machado — looks to be a sleeper here. With virtually the same starting record as the favorite (five money finishes in eight starts, two of them wins), it’s quite possible Hover could clean up at the finish line.

  •  Win: No Mas 5/2
  •  Sleeper: Hover 8/1

More Racing Picks for Tuesday

Be sure to check out the two other tracks I reviewed for Tuesday for more underdogs picks and surprise moneymakers:

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